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CAR Magazine Reviews 1M Coupe

04/28/2011 at 12:45 PM
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CAR Magazine got its hands on the 1-series M coupe and the conclusion is like that of the other auto magazines before it – that it is a proper M car, no doubt. Their review focused on comparing the 1M coupe to other BMW offerings (both M and non-M) in assessing whether they felt the 1M was a proper M car and which, if any, of its technology and engineering was a step forward for the M division. Catch some of their notable findings inside.… CONTINUED

Autocar Reviews the 1M Coupe

04/26/2011 at 2:46 PM
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The 1M continues to impress auto publications worldwide, this time at the hands of Autocar, who say that the 1M coupe is not a junior M3, as many suggested it would be, but has its own distinct character and, in real-world terms, is a good deal faster than its more expensive sibling.

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The most renowned German sports car magazine Sport Auto has published their review. The biggest news first, the 1M did a 1:14.1 in Hockenheim. To add some perspective, the fastest time Sport Auto got for the M3 was 1:14.2 in an E92 M3 ZCP DCT.

Sport Auto clocked 4.7 seconds for 0-62mph and 17.2 seconds for 0-124mph. But it’s not only the measurable performance that impressed the reviewers, it’s also the fun. Purely a subjective matter, but the 1M got 10 out of 10 points for … CONTINUED

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Another 1M review is in from Germany. AMS got their hands on a 1-series M CoupĂ©, and we’ve translated the essential details from their review. In short, AMS considers the 1M one of the best sports cars available but found some drawbacks in daily use and under less than ideal conditions. They clocked an amazing 4.7 seconds for 0-62mph which is on par with the E9x M3 they’ve tested previously. Equally impressive, 0-124mph only took 16.6 seconds while returing an average of 18.2 mpg. AMS gave … CONTINUED

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Autobild has just published a comparison test between the 1M and the Porsche Cayman R. We’re happy to share that the 1M won this comparison (besting the Cayman R by 1 point). The 1M coupe performs only slightly worse than the Cayman R, yet it offers better overall comfort and low-end power. All this for roughly EUR 25k less! More inside…

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The reviews for the 1M have been pouring in recently, with one review after another shining very positive light on the little M car, especially when compared to various rivals.

Now AutoExpress magazine has come in with their own review. Right off the bat, the car they got to test was a Black Sapphire Metallic version, which is something welcome to the 1M fans who desperatly want to see more IRL photos of the car in black.

Going a step beyond just the looks of the car, the … CONTINUED

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Here it is, C&D’s shootout of the 1M, TT-RS, G37 IPL, in their video review. Watch live footage and commentary as the BMW 1M Coupe takes the victory.

BMW 1M Reviewed on Zandvoort Circuit

04/16/2011 at 3:50 PM
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The guys at driving-fun.com recently had the opportunity to drive a Swedish owner’s new 1M coupe (who seems to be making the rounds at the major European tracks with his new 1M — first the Spa-Francorchamps and the Nurburgring) at the Dutch Zandvoort track. Here were their impressions of the 1M on the circuit.

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Car and Driver posts up their first drive initial impressions of the 1M coupe, calling it great and weird and fun, with super-quick steering and go-kart like feel, with stunning grip. Check out the rest of their impressions inside.

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Automobile Magazine’s Georg Kacher chimes in with his first drive review of a 1M coupe test prototype. The first press drives of the production 1M is set to begin soon, so stay tuned for those reviews.

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Car and Driver has the very first 1M vs. competition shootout, and the 1M emerged victorious over some formidable competition on some formidable grounds – versus the Audi TT RS and the Infiniti IPL G37 at the famed Tail of the Dragon roads. The 1M coupe was the “clear winner,” and described as neither a performance poseur nor a cynical styling exercise.

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Bimmer Magazine chimes in with their review of a pre-production 1 series M coupe test drive. In sum, they are big fans of the 1M, saying that it has superb steering and tremendous grip and effectively recaptures the spirit of the E30 M3.

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Autoblog has posted its first drive impressions of the 1-series M Coupe prototype from their test drive in Germany. Not much new info is divulged, but the general reaction is a positive one.

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The fifth review from a 1addicts member who attended the BMW 1 series M coupe test drive event is in. This one features feedback from the perspective of an E46 M3 owner. Read on inside.

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This is the most comprehensive review yet of the 1-series M coupe from BMW’s pre-drive event. See how the 1M coupe felt from the perspective of an E30 M3 owner who also happens to be a driving instructor.

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Next up is an excellent written review of the 1 series M coupe from a 135i owner’s perspective. Woland’s Advocate loved the 1m coupe prototype and it shows in his expertly written words. Check it out inside!

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I am the only Asian test driver of this event.

I have a Z4 23i & a X5 30xdrive. I have driven 135 convertible before.

The first impression was not so impressive because the real shape of the car was masked by the camouflage. But I noticed the back of the car was so wide. The sound of starting the engine was wonderful. The clutch is not extremely hard. The gear shift distance is short & precise. Easy to handle (this is … CONTINUED

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Well respected auto journalist Chris Harris of EVO shares his glowing review of the 1M Coupe in a rare test drive video. Anyone excited before about the 1M coupe will be even giddier after hearing that it feels like a true M car, for real enthusiasts!